You have fully prepared and executed a fantastic lesson- complete with engaging props, high energy, smiles enough to make your mouth hurt, and plenty of TPR (Total Physical Response.) Your student laughed, overcame struggles, and may have even shared something personal about themselves! You exit your classroom feeling like the teacher of the year, relishing in the connection that you just had with a very special little one on the other side of the portal. These types of lessons are ones that all VIPKID teachers strive for and you may be rightfully feeling like “My job is done!” But wait! It isn’t! We cannot forget one of the most important elements of the VIPKID lesson- the feedback!
By teacher Erin W
Composing feedback after a lesson allows us teachers to create a deeper connection with not only the student, but the parent as well. I know for a fact that many of my students’ parents heavily anticipate and rely on my feedback. Not only is it a tool for each family to track the progress and struggles of the student, it adds an extra special personal touch to the lesson. I think of it as a warm, friendly letter that enables me to build a deeper relationship, day after day, with the families. It’s what makes them truly feel like a “VIPKID!”
Teachers- in my experience- quality, thorough, and honest feedback will help build a solid base of regular students in your schedule. And we don’t all have to be professional writers in order to make this happen (I’m certainly not!) When I first started with VIPKID, I gave a few sentences of feedback- mostly stating some things that the student did well on and usually one area in which they could improve. This was fulfilling the “requirements,” but I wasn’t exactly establishing a great relationship with the families. One day, another VIPKID teacher explained that they always mention how grateful they are to have taught the parent’s son/daughter and that they really look forward to seeing them in class again soon! “Why haven’t I been writing great phrases like these in my feedback?” I wondered! It was a big revelation for me and as soon as I began adding these wonderful, personal touches, I started to notice more and more repeat students. I have also found that it is important to “sandwich” the good with the bad. This is a strategy I learned teaching in the brick-and-mortar schools during parent/teacher conferences. End on a good note! Parents want to hear that their child brings sunshine to our day or that their conversational English has improved immensely in the past month! And don’t forget that immediate, quality feedback after trial classes can be the deciding factor for whether or not a family enrolls!
So when you receive that little prompt as you exit the classroom, reminding you to leave feedback, remember just how vital it is to the success of the student and how great of a tool it can be for establishing relationships that could last for years to come!